The McCain campaign pushs back again against the AIP membership question:

We have provided ALL voter registration documentation, and the facts are clear. If the Alaska Independence Party at some point taught Governor Palin their secret handshake, there is no record of it. Otherwise, the only relevant criterion for membership in a party is registration--and Palin has never been a member of the AIP.

The Governor did appear at the AIP convention in 2000, when the convention was held in Wasilla. This would seem to be the only decent thing to do, given her responsibilities as Mayor of Wasilla, but apparently Tapper believes the press is owed further explanation.

Well, you know: the press tends to ask for explanations. When, one wonders, will Palin conduct her first press interview?

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